Date lodged: 27 January 2017
To ask the Scottish Government what assessment it has made of how the 30/70% split in the payment to Work First Scotland and Work Able Scotland between the service fee and job outcome and sustainment payments will impact on their ability to provide pre-employment support.
Answered by: Jamie Hepburn 15 February 2017
The Scottish Government are committed to delivering value for money within both the Work First Scotland and Work Able Scotland programmes.
Balancing the need for investment in individuals while continuing to emphasise the importance of sustained job outcomes underpins our payment model. I believe this is the best way to deliver both a high quality service and value for money. The decision to balance a service fee with outcome payments reflects both lessons learned from previous DWP contracted employment support and stakeholders views and creates and strong foundation for the effective delivery of these programmes. SG officials will work closely with the Service Providers through Contract Performance Reviews to monitor and seek feedback on our design of the transitional services.